Reaming and facing head tube...
I'm planning to build my first bike and have been carrying out a bit of research. From what i have read, the head tube of the frame needs to be faced and reamed before a headset can be installed. Is this true? To do this i have found that some fairly expensive tools are required, which i have no access to (my LBS doesn't have these tools), and i'm not too keen on spending the large sum of money on them, especially if it turns out i'm a terrible frame builder
Is there any alternative method of installing a headset to avoid this cost and process? I'm wanting a threadless headset if that's of any importance.
And one other thing... How difficult and time consuming is it to hand miter a steel tube set for a frame?
Thanks in advance
Last edited by blackjack51; 05-14-07 at 04:43 PM.
No way to do the job without a cutter - either find one or buy one.
Originally Posted by blackjack51
Hand mitering is not hard - just takes time. Download tubemiter.exe It will provide a paper template which will get the miter very close (touch up to finish).